Santana's half-season ban puts Twins in deep trouble

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 22:07
Free agent pitcher shows he’s lying fraud.
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Wolves get Martin back but Vucevic, Magic roll to victory

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:43
Kevin Martin struggled in his return. He missed his first seven shots before finishing with 12 points in the Wolves’ loss to Orlando on Friday night.
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Dakota County provides shoreline buffer lessons

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:04
Early adopter is now a model as Dayton seeks statewide buffer zones.
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Twins pitcher Ervin Santana suspended 80 games for positive PED test

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:01
Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year, $54 million contract with the Twins during the offseason, tested positive for Stanozolol.
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Zucker aiming to return to action for Wild next week

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:13
Winger Jason Zucker participated fully in practice Friday and might rejoin the Wild lineup before the regular season ends.
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Vikings bring in competiton for long snapper Loeffler

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:46
The Vikings are expected to sign long snapper Kevin McDermott, a league source confirmed. McDermott will compete with longtime Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler to snap for the team in 2015. Last month, Loeffler re-signed with a deal that included $300,000 in guaranteed money. McDermott, 25, is entering his third NFL season. He has snapped in 23 career games. Undrafted out of UCLA in 2013, he snapped for the 49ers in 2013 and joined the Ravens midway through the 2014 after their long snapper, Morgan Cox, suffered a season-ending injury. Then after suiting up for seven games for the Ravens, McDermott hurt his elbow, ending his season, too. Yahoo! Sports first reported this afternoon that the Vikings planned to sign McDermott.
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Pitino says he's happy in Minnesota. Does that mean he won't leave? Not necessarily.

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:19
College basketball is not a business of loyalty. If and when the right offer comes, Richard Pitino may well leave -- and it could be before people think. If the Gophers want to keep him, they'll need to be proactive.
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Pekovic calls pending surgery "the last thing I can try.''

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:10
His season over, with surgery looming, center Nikola Pekovic acknowledged that he is concerned about his future – both on the basketball court and off.
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A not-so-complete list of Vikings' pre-draft interest

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:02
With the 2015 NFL draft looming on April 30, the Vikings have been busy doing their homework on draft prospects. Here is a list of their interactions, reported by us or others, with certain prospects. Note that this is far from a complete list, as there are surely meetings the Vikings have kept quiet. Quarterback: Devin Gardner, QB/WR, Michigan: East West Shrine Game meeting Running back: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State: Pro day meeting David Cobb, RB, Minnesota: NFL combine meeting Zach Zenner, RB, North Dakota State: East West Shrine Game meeting Wide receiver: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn: NFL combine meeting Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland: Pro day meeting Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri: Winter Park visit Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State: Senior Bowl meeting Devante Parker, WR, Louisville: NFL combine meeting Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State: NFL combine meeting Tight end: Gerald Christian, TE, Louisville: NFL combine meeting Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota: Winter Park visit Offensive line: Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville: East West Shrine Game meeting T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: Winter Park visit Shaq Mason, G, Georgia Tech: Senior Bowl meeting A.J. McCann, G, South Carolina: Winter Park visit Terry Poole, OT, San Diego State: East West Shrine Game meeting Defensive line: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson: NFL combine meeting Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky: NFL combine meeting and pro day meeting Dante Fowler, DE, Florida: NFL combine meeting Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska: Pro day meeting Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State: Pro day meeting and Winter Park visit Za’Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky: East West Shrine Game meeting Lynden Trail, DE, Norfolk State: Winter Park meeting Linebacker: Stephone Anthony, MLB, Clemson: Pro day meeting Paul Dawson, MLB, TCU: Winter Park visit Benardrick McKinney, MLB, Mississippi State: NFL combine meeting Denzel Perryman, MLB, Miami: NFL combine meeting Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington: NFL combine meeting and Winter Park visit Defensive back: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas: NFL combine meeting Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut: Pro day meeting Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: Winter Park visit Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State: Winter Park visit Josh Shaw, CB, USC: East West Shrine Game meeting Cedric Thompson, S, Minnesota: Winter Park visit Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: Winter Park visit
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Kill pleased with RBs pass protection, which is no small thing

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:35
Gophers coach Jerry Kill says all of the team's running backs have done a good job with pass protection.
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Friday (Changing one play in Minnesota sports history) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:57
Deadspin had a fun post on Thursday asking readers, “If you could go back and change the outcome of a single play in any historical sporting event, which one would it be, and why?” For a Minnesota sports fan, this opens up a floodgate of “what-ifs” and painful memories. Nevertheless, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to put that question out to you, but limit it to only plays that happened in games involving Minnesota teams. Some obvious candidates come to mind: Gary Anderson’s missed field goal in the NFC Title Game following the 1998 season; Brett Favre’s interception late in the NFC Title Game following the 2009 season. Darrin Nelson’s dropped pass in the 1987 game. Drew Pearson. Joe Mauer’s “foul ball” in the 2009 ALDS might be another pick. Even though he ended up walking after Phil Cuzzi made the wrong call on his would-be double, fans still might have a burning desire to know how that inning would have played out otherwise. Corey Koskie’s hit in the 2004 ALDS against the Yankees, a ground-rule double that likely would have scored the go-ahead run and could have given the Twins a 2-0 series lead had it stayed in the park? Or perhaps Anaheim’s goal in double-overtime of Game 1 of the 2003 Western Conference Finals against the Wild? If that doesn’t go in, maybe Minnesota wins the game and the series is completely different? We’re missing tons of other candidates, so as you ponder this question and leave your answer in the comments, obviously don’t feel like you have to pick only the ones we mentioned. But remember: It’s just one play that we’re looking for here.
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Rescuers save doe from icy death trap in NW Minnesota river

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:16
The animal offered no resistance as it was hoisted into a boat.
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